American civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton is speaking up about cannabis. Sharpton, who leads the Harlem-based National Action Network will give a speech this coming Friday at the Cannabis World Congress Business Expo in midtown Manhattan, where the African-American leader will call for increased diversity in the legal weed industry and an end to racially biased policing.
According to the Huffington Post, Sharpton doesn’t use cannabis himself, but that won’t stop him from calling out America’s white-dominated marijuana market.
“Just because I don’t use marijuana as a Minister, does not mean I have the right to impose my moral values on others,” Sharpton said in statement sent to the Huffington Post. “However, I will challenge the cannabis industry and its distributors in states where it is legal to support civil rights movements and ensure that we are not disproportionately excluded from business opportunities.”
While there are up to date national statistics about America’s legal weed industry, an incredibly in-depth report from Buzzfeed in 2016 found that “fewer than three dozen of the 3,200 to 3,600 storefront marijuana dispensaries in…